So, the roommate and I were ranting about politics last night (he the conservative Atheist, me the liberal Catholic) and he came up with an idea that is so funny and brilliant and inplausible I just had to bring it up here. Hell, I bet someone's come up with it before, but this is the first I really thought about it.
You see, he and I (despite our differences) agree on a great many things. One of those things is that the sheer jackassery of the far left and the far right need to be ratcheted down significantly, because none of that really helps Average Joe Taxpayer in his day to day life.
Our big disagreement comes in with what to do about it.
I think the price of non-engagement leads us to where we are today. I think that the country would be well served if reasonable folks started showing up at local Party meetings.
Jerz thinks both political parties have failed. He'll never vote Democrat, but he can't stand being "'W'ith-Stupid.' He wants every eligible voter to vote for themselves, just to show folks how unhappy people are. Then he hit on it, an idea of sheer brilliance:
The None of the Above Vote.
Every election should have a "None of the Above" tab that every voter can vote for instead of the lesser of two evils who make it through the primaries. If "None of the Above" wins the election, neither candidate can run for office again for two years, and the election cycle starts over until we have someone that a real majority of people vote for.
Yes, that's kind of a glamour idea - just like the "No sitting Senator can run for President" proposal (which I think is a phenomenal idea). But the simplicity behind it coupled with my vivid imagination to see an America where we could just hit the "restart" button on every election....